Plein air painter Fred Tangalin (r) with Mark Jeffers (l)

Plein air artist Fred Tangalin (r) with Mark Jeffers of Storybook Theatre in front of the Hanapepe Post Office mural Tangalin painted with Ele`ele schoolchildren. Archival Photo by Anne E. O’Malley

by Anne E. O’Malley

Sixteen local artists have been painting plein air — at various outdoor sites — since Saturday, June 9. They’ll show their stuff — and sell it for charity — on Saturday, June 16, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Grove Farm Museum grounds that include the 1850 home of sugar plantation owner G.N. Wilcox.

Highlights of the day — admission is $20 — include refreshments, live music and the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their original works of art. Also, Grove Farm is opening the home and grounds for exploration. Guides in the former home of kama`aina philanthropist George N. Wilcox will be available to give insight into the life and times of Wilcox and the collections.

The artists began with a paint-out on location a week ago, all of them working at the same site. Throughout the week, they toted their gear and set up in specific locations selected by the committee for this event, from Ke`e to Kekaha.

Work created by the artists during the week will be available for purchase, with 50 percent of the sales benefiting the Waioli Mission House and Grove Farm museums, helping to preserve the historical holdings for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

Participating artists include the following, in alphabetical order: Susie Anderson, Pierre Bouret, Lynn Boyer, Saim Caglayan, Mike Carroll, Angela Headley, James Ingham, Kyoko Ishigami, Jack Murray, Giorgio Naranjo, Andrea Peeler, Jeni Prince, Cynthia Riedel, Fred Tangalin, Devi Town and Martin Wessler.

Grove Farm Homestead Museum is located at 4050 Nawiliwili Road in Lihu`e. For information, contact Barb Kennedy at 635-7665.